The Uganda Cranes team will today face off South Sudan in the first league of the AFCON 2021 qualifier game at St Mary’s Kitende stadium at 4pm.
Unlike before, the game will be a closed door one without fans as a recommendation to prevent the spread of covid19.
After their last training yesterday, the head coach Jonathan McKinstry and Captain Denis Onyango both expressed readiness to go hard on South Sudan who they admit are a difficult and stubborn team.
McKinstry and Onyango say playing without fans to cheer the boys is a difficult one but pledge to pull a win.
Speaking after their last training yesterday, McKinstry expressed confidence that his team is more than ready for South Sudan who are better trained, organized.
The return league between the two teams will take place in Kenya on November 16th at Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two sides eversince South Sudan was integrated into CAF.
In the previous five meetings, Uganda has won three and drawn twice with an aggregate score of 16-4.
The last two games between the two sides have both ended 5-1 in favour of the Cranes.
Uganda heads into the game having lost only one of their last 11 AFCON qualifiers (W7 D3). The only loss in that period came in a 3-0 defeat to Tanzania in a dead-rubber as the Cranea had already sealed qualification for the 2019 AFCON finals.
At home, Uganda are unbeaten in their last eight AFCON qualifiers (W6 D2). During that period, the Cranes are yet to concede a single goal, scoring 10 at the other end.
The last time Uganda lost an AFCON Qualifier was on 11-10-2014 when they went down 1-0 against Togo at Namboole.
For South Sudan, they head into the game having won only three of their past 16 AFCON qualifiers, losing all the other 13.
Away from home, they have won only one of their 10 qualifiers, losing the other nine. The solo victory came in a 1-0 defeat of Seychelles in October 2019.